URMC Neurology Patient Care

Clinical Services - Electroencephalogram (EEG) Lab

Electroencephalogram (EEG) Lab

The Strong EEG (Neurophysiology) Laboratory provides electroneurodiagnostic services for inpatients, outpatients and for monitoring during surgery.

Electroneurodiagnostic technology is the scientific field devoted to the recording and study of electrical activity of the brain and nervous system.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

Electroencephalogram (EEG) is a brain wave test. It detects abnormalities in the electrical activity of the brain. This helps diagnose seizure disorders, head injuries, sleep disorders, and causes of unconsciousness.

An EEG does not treat or cure illness, read your mind, give you a shock, or measure your IQ.

A registered technologist performs EEGs. The technologist applies electrodes (small metal disks) to your scalp with an adhesive gel or paste. The gel looks and smells like clear nail polish. The paste is odorless and looks like toothpaste. This is a painless procedure and the gel or paste is easily removed after the test. The electrodes pick up brain electrical activity and carry it by wires to a computer that amplifies the signals and stores them. Later, a trained neurophysiologist interprets these signals. The neurophysiologist sends a report to your doctor who discusses the results with you. This whole process takes about a week.

What You Need to Do to Prepare for a EEG

Where We Are Located

Neurology Outpatient Department
919 Westfall Rd, Building C, Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14618
phone: 585- 275-2775

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment or to speak with one of our neurologists, please call 585-275-1200. If you must cancel your appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance.

The Department of Neurology participates with Blue Choice, MVP Healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rochester health plans.

Co-payments are collected at time of service. We accept cash or check only for all applicable co-payments and personal balances due at the time of service.